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Old 04-19-2005, 01:47 AM   #1
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lethargic betta

Got home just then, female betta sort of floating at the top of my tank. So i removed her and put her in a glass jug. she can't swim, she just rests at the bottom or just floats at the top. she took a few bites of flake, and took a bit of interest in the male betta.

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Old 04-19-2005, 02:08 AM   #2
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i think it could be swim bladder disease caused by constipation/overfeeding, but i KNOW i don't overfeed. i noticed she wasn't eating this morning. her belly looks fat. i also noticed that i had lots of tiny snails on the glass this morning, more than usual, and now they are all gone. i suspect she has been eating too much snails.

i will try the peas to reduce constipation.

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Old 04-19-2005, 02:13 AM   #3
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Peas are the first thing I'd try. If she eats some pea pieces, don't feed anything for a day or two. If she still appears to have swimbladder symptoms, like floating strangely, try an antibiotic.

Also, do you feed lots of dry food? I soak my Hikari pellets in a cup of tankwater for 2 1/2 minutes before feeding. Sometimes dry food can swell in the stomach and cause bloating.
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i feed her flake, and she eats snails. i hold the flake in my finger, submerge it underwater until she comes up to it, and then she takes it from my hand. i really think that it is just too many snails. i think i will now make pea feeding a weekly routine for all fish
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I've read that feeding daphnia occasionally can help prevent constipation too.

I hope she's feeling better soon. One of my bettas recently had constipation, and he seemed so miserable, I was so worried about him. But now he is acting like his old frisky self.
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she won't take the peas, she is not interested in food anymore. she is interested in the male betta. how is swim bladder disease curable? what medications are reccomended?
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oh well, she kicked the bucket, we tried everything to save her, resuscitation and that.
Thankyou for your help anyway.
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I'm sorry about your loss.
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